They were a curious sort of folk, albeit what they were most curious about was God. They lived and prayed in the fourth and fifth centuries... They went into trances; they levitated; they sat on top of poles; they were often found in a state of ecstasy. And all of this before lunch! (And you don't want to know what they had for lunch!)--From Getting to Know Our DirectorsIn this seven-day retreat, Thirsting for the Reign of God, your directors are the mothers and fathers of the desert, whose wisdom has come down to us through the ages. Jesus tells us that to find our lives we must lose them; the Desert Mystics took up this exhortation and lived it out radically. What desert mystics like Antony the Great, Abba Moses and Evagrius can teach us, if we are ready, is to confront our God on a most intimate level--by confronting ourselves fiercely and fully.